Today Is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women #SilenceSpeaks #IDEVAW2015


Today is the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW). This is a crucial issue for Jamaica, and for the health and progress of our society.

Today I will be specifically remembering Shauna-Kay Pitter and joining friends at Eve for Life (and many others, a coalition of NGOs and civil society representatives) for a silent protest at Half Way Tree Transportation Centre. Please join us – drop by to show support. I reposted my recent article about the life and death of Shauna-Kay here: https://petchary.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/shauna-kay-and-her-children/

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Also, if you are on or near the University of the West Indies (UWI) campus, come to Mary Seacole Hall for their Clothesline Project. If you can, bring an old T shirt of an appropriate color that you can write on. Or come, take pictures, spread the word, show support. Click on the flyer for more details.

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Finally, Mary Seacole Hall will be partnering with UN Women for a very important discussion this evening at 5:30 p.m. on “The Status of Women’s Rights Under the Law.” It’s free and open to the public, and there will be two tremendous (and very knowledgeable) speakers. Do come along to Mary Seacole Hall this evening!

More later… I am off!

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2 thoughts on “Today Is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women #SilenceSpeaks #IDEVAW2015

  1. I went on campus too, and hung a shirt on the Clothesline, remembering women and girls in detention, so many of whom have experienced violence and are at risk. I saw your shirt remembering ShaunaKay. So, so tragic.

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    1. I’m sorry we didn’t bump into each other! There were a lot of T shirts going up on the line but they had to take them all down yesterday due to the rain… I am really glad you recognized those in detention… Yes, Shauna-Kay’s story is really painful. What hurt me, too, that it was merely mentioned in passing in a couple of news reports – and two lives lost…

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